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Saturday 19th March 2005
Football League 'League Two'
Gus Uhlenbeek - Wanderers' goalscorer in action at Cambridge Wanderers went down 2-1 in a disappointing display at basement club Cambridge United. The 'Fans United' day saw a crowd of 4,649 turn out, 1,400 higher than the average at the Abbey Stadium this season but the Wycombe contingent had little to cheer about.
John Gorman named an unchanged side to the one that had beaten Chester so convincingly the previous week but they struggled to create chances throughout against a side fighthing for their Football League lives on the pitch and their very existence off the pitch.
It was after a quiet opening that Tes Bramble fired the home side in front in the 13th minute with a spectacular 30 yard plus strike from the left channel. It prompted the usual quick response from Wycombe who equalised five minutes later when Gus Uhlenbeek finished from the right of goal after Tyson's initial cross from the left had pinged around the penalty area following efforts from Ian Stonebridge and Matt Bloomfield. However, it was the home side who took the initiative from there on in and they took a deserved lead on 37 minutes when a corner from the right was shinned in at the near post by former Norwich City striker Iwan Roberts.
Wycombe response this time was virtually non-existent and there was barely a chance created to equalise again. Tyson pulled an effort wide just before the break and hit the crossbar with a header in closing stages of the game, although the latter effort had already been flagged for offside. Jonny Dixon and Clint Easton also both skyed chances before the home side went close to rubbing it in when Shane Tudor's shot clipped the top of crossbar in stoppage time. One positive for Wycombe was the debut of Rob Lee when he appeared as a second-half substitute. The former Newcastle and England player looked composed in his midfield position and will surely be looking for a starting place on Friday 25th March against fellow play-off chasers Northampton Town.
Final Score - Cambridge United 2 Wycombe 1
Speaking after the game to BBC Three Counties Radio, Wycombe Manager John Gorman commented "I'm obviously gutted and disappointed but sometimes these things happen. We knew it was going to be a hard game, it was never in any doubt. We warned the boys. We knew it was going to be a big banana skin day if we don't do things right. I don't think we did it badly, it was just that they came up with a wonder goal."
It was Wanderers' first defeat away from home since the New Years Day reverse at Oxford and ended a run of consecutive victories on the road. The Wycombe boss added "We didn't create as many (chances) as we would have liked but we are away from home but we played in too many hopeful balls today, that was the problem. We've had a bad day, it didn't go right for us but we've just got to build from here and get our heads up."
Tes Bramble swipes in the opening goal at The Abbey Stadium against Wycombe
Naturally, U's boss Steve Thompson was delighted with the result that maintains his side's slim chance of avoiding the drop. He commented on Wycombe to the media after the game "I've known John Gorman a long time, he's a super chap, and Rob Lee, and that was probably one of the toughest games they've had and they're one of the better sides in this division - they've got experience, and they've got youth, and they've got football." On Tes Bramble's strike he said "I was pleased for Bramble - he did well at Orient and that was a terrific strike - but I don't want to go through too many of those games. I'm almost lost for words!" He added "I thought it was a good football match, it was played competitively, and we were really tired in those last ten minutes. And when you think I'd got Chillingworth, Bimson and Goodhind out - all experienced players - that's quite a few players missing. All credit to the boys, I thought everyone worked their socks off and it was a terrific win."
Wycombe: Talia, Senda, Easton, Johnson, Nethercott, Uhlenbeek (sub 77 Dixon), Burnell, Ryan, (sub 57 Claridge), Bloomfield (sub 57 Lee), Tyson, Stonebridge - subs not used: Williamson, Williams
Bookings: Easton (foul 69), Senda (foul 94)
Scorers: Uhlenbeek (18)
Cambridge United: Ruddy, Gleeson (sub 64 Blackburn), Duncan, Tann, Newey, Nicholls, Walker (sub 77 Quinton), Somner, Tudor, Bramble, Roberts (sub 80 Webb) - subs not used: Toner, Latte-Yedo
Bookings: Duncan (foul 26), Nicholls (foul 45+), Tudor (foul 49), Newey (foul 88)
Scorers: Bramble (13), Roberts (37)
Referee: P Danson Attendance: 4,649 (approx 600 Wycombe)
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